Major Depressive Disorder

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Major Depressive Disorder
LaTisha Green
Cameron University

At one time or another one has felt depressed, sad, lonely, or misunderstood. Being depressed is normal for everyone at one point of time and is a natural reaction to a loss, difficulties in life, and a deflated self-esteem. When this feeling of sadness becomes intense, lasts for a long period, and it prevents one from living a normal life is when the depression needs to be looked at more closely. There are different types of depressive illnesses. This paper will discuss one depressive illness known as Major Depressive Disorder. This disorder is a treatable medical condition. The symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment based on different theories will be discussed later in the paper. One must remember that it is okay to be depressed sometimes and it is only human to have those feelings of depression but when the depression lasts for long periods is when the person needs to seek therapy.

Major Depressive Disorder
Major Depressive Disorder, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), is a mental disorder characterized by a pervasive low mood and loss of interest or pleasure in a person’s favorite activities. (2000)


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